Episode 27: The future of futurism

Getting cyber in the classic 1988 film,  Cherry 2000 . Hell yes that’s Melanie Griffith as a bit smuggler.

Getting cyber in the classic 1988 film, Cherry 2000. Hell yes that’s Melanie Griffith as a bit smuggler.

Is there a way to predict the future accurately, using data and science? In this episode, we talk to Rose Eveleth, host of the Flash Forward podcast, about the idea of futurism. We explore its history and dark roots in fascism, as well as its connection to environmental politics and the tech industry. And we talk about how Afrofuturism is changing the way we imagine tomorrow.

Notes, citations, & etc.

Flash Forward podcast, hosted by Rose Eveleth

Felippo Marinetti, Futurist Manifesto

Future Shock, by Alvin and Heidi Toffler

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson

Paleofuture blog, created by Matt Novak

The Singularity Is Near, by Ray Kurzweil (not called “The Coming Singularity,” as Annalee incorrectly stated in this episode)

Madeline Ashby, author and futurist

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Vernor Vinge, “Technological Singularity

Amy Webb, quantitative futurist

Tim Maughan, writer and futurist

Institute for the Future

Charles Stross, “Living through interesting times

How Long ‘Til Black Future Month, by N.K. Jemisin

Aisha Nyandoro, founder of Springboard to Opportunities

Annalee Newitz